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Latest Tesla Update Now Supports YouTube Music

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By Erika John - - 5 Mins Read
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Tesla's commitment to continuous improvement through software updates is well-known, and their latest offering, version 2024.26, is no exception.

This update introduces a wave of exciting features for Tesla owners, with a focus on entertainment options, navigation enhancements, and improved safety features—particularly for families with teen drivers.

One of the most anticipated additions is native support for YouTube Music. This highly requested feature allows drivers and passengers to seamlessly access their favourite music, curated playlists, and even podcasts directly through Tesla's touchscreen infotainment system.

There are several ways to enjoy YouTube Music in your Tesla:

  • Tesla Premium Connectivity: For a smooth, integrated experience, subscribe to Tesla's Premium Connectivity plan (monthly fee applies). This grants direct access to the YouTube Music app within the car's system.
  • Bluetooth Streaming: If you prefer not to subscribe, you can still connect your phone via Bluetooth and control playback through the car's media player.
  • Third-Party Apps (Android and iOS): Explore options like the TeslaMirror app, which mirrors your phone's screen – including YouTube Music – onto the Tesla's display.
  • Apple CarPlay (iPhone only): Connecting via Apple CarPlay allows iPhone users to control YouTube Music with Siri voice commands (requires a YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium subscription).

 

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The inclusion of YouTube Music broadens the entertainment landscape within Tesla vehicles, giving drivers and passengers access to a vast library of music alongside existing support for popular services like Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

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Beyond the Playlist: A Range of Enhancements

The update offers more than just a musical upgrade. Here are some additional highlights that elevate the overall driving experience:

  • Real-Time Weather and Air Quality: Stay informed about your surroundings with a new display in the car's status bar, providing real-time weather and air quality information for a more comfortable and prepared journey.
  • Smarter Navigation: With the ability to select sub-destinations, you can reach your destination with greater ease. This feature is particularly helpful for navigating large shopping centers or airports, allowing you to pinpoint specific store entrances or terminals directly within the car's navigation system.
  • Enhanced Parental Controls: For families with teen drivers, the update introduces a suite of enhanced parental controls. These features allow you to set speed limits, limit acceleration to a calmer "Chill" mode, and even establish night curfews for the car. Additionally, you'll receive alerts if the car is driven past the designated curfew time.
  • Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (Optional Features): Tesla's driver-assistance system, Autopilot, continues to evolve, offering features like automatic steering, accelerating, and braking within its lane. For drivers who opt for the Full Self-Driving add-on (additional cost applies), the system can even perform lane changes and recognize stop lights and signs (currently in beta testing).

A Focus on Safety and Family

Tesla's update 2024.26 demonstrates a clear focus on safety, particularly for families with teen drivers.

The enhanced parental controls empower parents to establish clear boundaries and monitor driving behavior, fostering a sense of responsibility and promoting safer driving habits for young drivers.

The Future of In-Car Entertainment

The seamless integration of YouTube Music signifies Tesla's commitment to providing a comprehensive and engaging in-car entertainment experience.

By offering a wider range of music options, coupled with existing features like video games, streaming services, and live traffic updates, Tesla caters to a diverse range of preferences and keeps passengers entertained on long journeys.

Looking ahead, as Tesla continues to roll out software updates, we can expect further enhancements and integrations within the infotainment system.

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